EscapeBoost! (Build and run an Escape Room!)
Have you ever done an escape room and left thinking "I could make one of those?" That's exactly what some of our students did -- and then they came to us to ask for a camp to teach them how.
We have done our best to rise to the challenge.
The students will write the narrative backbone of the room (based in mythology), figure out the final and intermediary objectives of the room, assemble the clues, build the puzzles, and then install the puzzles in a room to build their escape room.
Throughout the week, students will solve other puzzles and rooms (and virtual rooms), taking notes on the challenges they enjoy and brainstorming ways to make challenges easier, more difficult, or more interesting. Then they will work as a team to figure out which challenges they want to use and how to best put them together into a coherent "escape room." We'll provide examples, trouble-shooting, and some of the technical know how (for instance, we'll build some circuits so that they can make LED patterns or buzzers or switches). We may even bust out some word-working tools and the soldering irons and build some contraptions.
Students will try out individual components of the room as they build them and then assemble them all in a "room" which they can invite other students (and even their parents!) to try to escape from.